Treasure Island

Treasure Island
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First edition
AuthorRobert Louis Stevenson
Original titleThe Sea Cook: A Story for Boys
CountryScotland
LanguageEnglish
SubjectsPirates, coming-of-age
GenreAdventure fiction
Young adult literature
PublisherLondon: Cassell and Company
Publication date
14 Nov 1883
(serialized 1881–82)
Pages292 (first edition)
OCLC610014604
TextTreasure Island at Wikisource

Treasure Island (originally The Sea Cook: A Story for Boys)[1] is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold." Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders.[2]

As one of the most frequently dramatised of all novels, Treasure Island was originally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It was originally serialised in the children's magazine Young Folks from 1881 through 1882 under the title Treasure Island or the mutiny of the Hispaniola, credited to the pseudonym "Captain George North". It was first published as a book on 14 November 1883, by Cassell & Co.

  1. ^ Hammond, J. R. 1984. "Treasure Island." In A Robert Louis Stevenson Companion, Palgrave Macmillan Literary Companions. London: Palgrave Macmillan. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-06080-1_6.
  2. ^ Cordingly, David (1995) Under the Black Flag: the romance and reality of life among the pirates; p. 7